Mill City Panorama

St. Anthony Falls panorama auto-stitched in Photoshop from two photos taken with the Kodak Retina Automatic III. The concrete wall is the side of the lock that allows boat and barge traffic to navigate the falls, and the buildings beyond are mostly what once was the heart of Minneapolis industry — the flour mills (which were powered by the falls, through an elaborate system of tunnels that brought the water under the mills to drive the machinery). You can click the image to see it slightly larger.

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St. Anthony Falls power station – Retina Automatic III

Kodak Retina Automatic III

Kodak Retina Automatic III


Pillsbury A Mill – “A” for Automatic?

I’ve begun the expansion of my Kodak Retina collection, this time with a non-folding variety from the 1960’s. I’ve been so pleased with the performance of my Retina IIIc, that I’d like to collect more of these German-made gems.  This one is an auto-exposure rangefinder that uses a selenium-cell lightmeter to operate in shutter-priority auto-exposure mode, or may be operated in fully manual mode, with the light-meter reading available on top of the camera for reference.  A remarkable thing (to me, at least) about it is that it takes no batteries.

Kodak Retina Automatic III

It’s a fun camera to use, and I’ll be shooting more with it.  I’ve only shot one roll so far, so it’s hard for me to judge how well the lens performs compared to the IIIc, but the results look pretty good.  In the photos of the block wall, there appears to be very little distortion, and very little softness at the edges, though the sharpness is a little hard to judge as I didn’t get terribly high-resolution scans made.  The results look good to me, though.

More info about this camera

These were shot on Kodak Portra 400.